Napoleon, Nelson, Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, Marshall, de Gaulle, Eisenhower and Thatcher: each of these leaders fundamentally shaped the outcome of the war their nation was embroiled in. How were they alike, and in what ways did they differ? Was their war leadership unique, or did these leaders have something in common, traits and techniques that transcend time and place and can be applied to the fundamental nature of conflict? Leadership in War presents readers with fresh, complex portraits of leaders who approached war with different tactics and different weapons, but with the common goal of success in the face of battle. Both inspiring and cautionary, these portraits offer important lessons on leadership in times of struggle. With his trademark verve and incisive observation, Prof Roberts reveals the qualities that doom even the most promising leaders to failure, and the qualities that lead to victory.

Professor Andrew Roberts read Modern History at Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is a PhD. He has written over a dozen books including Salisbury: Victorian Titan (which won the Wolfson Prize) Masters and Commanders (which won the International Churchill Society Book Award), The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War (which won the British Army Military Book of the Year Award), Napoleon the Great (which won the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon and The Los Angeles Times Biography Prize) and Churchill: Walking with Destiny, which spent nine weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize.

Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, the Roger & Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, and a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. He lives in London. His website is www.andrew-roberts.net


No Ordinary Man

Gilbert Greenall’s candid memoir, Combat Civilian is the tale of no ordinary man. Turning his back on the convention of a comfortable career in a family business, Greenall has quietly dedicated the last four decades of his life to helping others through forty humanitarian aid missions and the delivery of British emergency assistance in eighteen conflicts, from Cambodia to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Inside Story

Combat Civilian also tracks the inside story of world events, from Kurdistan to Kosovo, Gaza and the West Bank while the slide toward chaos in Iraq and the unedifying spectacle of the final years of the British deployment in Afghanistan unravel on its’ pages.

Wars, famines, earthquakes

In this powerful story, Greenall deftly charts the changing face of humanitarian assistance, from the uncoordinated activities of a few small charities at the outset to the multi-billion dollar operations of today, taking the reader through wars, famines, earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions; including the humorous observation of misadventure and the absurdity of decisions made at the time. Subversive, determined and tenacious to the point of becoming a doctor in the process, Greenall achieved results by breaking convention.

 “…read with profit…” Sir John Major

“… endearing, profound and skillfully written. It’s fantastic.” Lynda Chalker, former Minister for Overseas Development

“…an unsung hero who has given a lifetime of commitment to others …” General the Lord Richards, former Chief of the Defence Staff

“…in the mould of Fitzroy McLean, … an adventure story.” Matt Ridley, Author, Environmentalist and Politician

“…reveals admirable British sangfroid in disaster zones…” Times


Savilians Felix Rigg (piano) and Jonny Baynes (percussion) are joined by various renowned jazz artistes. 

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Along with Evelyn Waugh and Robert Byron, Peter Fleming was best known for injecting humour into the stultified genre of English travel writing – Brazilian Adventure, One’s Company and News from Tartary made him a household name in the interwar years. Less known are his considerable achievements in the fields of irregular warfare and the black art of deception.

Alan Ogden, author of Master of Deception, the wartime adventures of Peter Fleming, will be talking about how Fleming took on Japanese intelligence and created a web of deception to lure the enemy into.


The film follows the story at close range of the England Cricket Team from 2009 until 2013 when Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss brought fame to a group of players who became the World Number One Test Squad.  It then follows their spectacular descent. 
Compellingly funny and emotional, “The Edge” tells the story of a special band of brothers’ rise to the top, their unmatched achievements and the huge toll it would take.

“The Edge” features hilarious, stunning, unseen behind the scenes footage and breath-taking original interviews with the stars of the era and their coaches. 

The cast includes Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Sir Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan, David Saker and Andy Flower.
The film has been made in support of two charities, Heads Together, a mental health initiative from the Royal Group, and the Ruth Strauss Foundation

“The Edge” will be introduced by Savilian Patrick Kidd who was a Times cricket writer during this period.

6.30pm              Stand up Welcome Drinks with Fish & Chips, Burgers and Hot Dogs (and vegy options)

7.15pm              Introduction by Savilian Patrick Kidd

7.30pm-9.30pm         Screening

9.30pm               Coffee and Mini Desserts


Bounder & Cad are Adam Drew and Guy Hayward, accompanied by Sam Jewison on piano.

Highly recommended to fans of Flanders & Swann, Noël and Cole, Fascinating Aïda, Kit & the Widow.

★★★★★ ’Trust me: they are big stars in the making. Catch them while you can…’ – Rachel Johnson, in The Oldie

‘Preternaturally talented’ – The Spectator

’Supremely entertaining’ – Lloyd Grossman

‘Faultless […] pleasure’ – 10 Downing Street

Bounder & Cad – the musical-comedy duo whose mischievous lyrics 10 Downing Street tried to censor… until their jazzy tunes had the PM dancing.

Unlikely love-children of the Footlights and college choirs, this classically-trained duo write and perform ‘face-achingly funny’ songs, backed by sizzling jazz piano. Troubadours for the Twitter age, they have featured several times on BBC Radio – and were selected for BBC Radio 4 Extra Comedy Club’s Pick of The Year.

From Downing Street to Downton Abbey, Berkeley Square to Barbados, Piccadilly to Portofino, they are fast becoming the toast of the most marvellous parties around the world – and they are unspeakably excited to be making their Savile début.